One Hundred North Main Building

Status: Endangered

Address: 100 North Main Street, Memphis

Built: 1963-65

Architectural Style: Thirty-eight-story Late International skyscraper

Original Function/Purpose: Commerce

The One Hundred North Main Building was placed on the National Register on Apr. 24, 2015.

History: This building, the tallest in Memphis and occupying half of a city block, was designed by Robert Lee Hall, who also designed Clark Tower. Its tenant base consisted primarily of professionals involved with government and the courts such as attorneys, title companies, etc. For years it featured a rotating restaurant on the top floor and a large “UP Bank” advertising sign atop that, but the sign was removed when Union Planters bank was acquired by Regions Bank. Much of the building was vacant by 2012. IMH Memphis LLC purchased the building in 2015 and planned to renovate and convert it to apartments and a hotel, but was never able to finance the project. The lender for that purchase, THM Memphis LLC, reclaimed the building at a foreclosure sale in January 2018. A case is currently open in Environmental Court for several violations. As of August 2018 the building was destined to be renovated into apartments and retail space. However, in April 2019, Townhouse Management Co. of New York announced it wanted to convert the building into a convention hotel instead. The City of Memphis expected it to conform to the original plan though, that it would contain “retail, parking, meeting room space and other complementary uses” to the neighboring hotel that Loews is planning across from City Hall on Civic Center Plaza.

City Council District: 6

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 8